The Moscow Mule is a drink that is hard to botch but easy to do very well if the right ingredients and proper vessel are chosen. Up your own bartender game by learning a few tricks to upgrade the common Moscow Mule into your own signature drink.
CHOOSING INGREDIENTS: THE BASICS
A key ingredient to a Moscow Mule is ginger beer. Ginger adds the kick to the mule and is generally obtained from ginger beer or in a pinch, a quality brewed ginger ale. The ginger ale is sweeter, the ginger beer is tarter and for some, might need the addition of simple syrup. I also like to add a thin slice of fresh ginger as part of a garnish or muddled at the bottom of the drinking vessel, or if you prefer your drinks a bit sweeter, a ginger simple syrup can be used.
FRUITY INCLUSION OPTIONS
Lime and ginger are the core classics of the mule, and plenty of fruits taste great with both of them.
But lots of fruit combinations work: blackberries, lime, plum or pear and cantaloupe is a delicious alternative option, the cantaloupe and plum sweetly temper the ginger and the blackberries add a nice sweet but tart note. Or another option that goes surprisingly well with the ginger is lemon and fig!
USING A COPPER DRINKING VESSEL
While you can serve a Moscow Mule in just about any kind of glass, copper is preferable. I prefer the Kamojo Moscow Mules because the pure copper has a tarnish resistant coating, so they stay beautiful and shiny without having to polish them, making them easy to clean.
I also like the pretty hammered pure copper with its’ tarnish-resistant high-shine and the beautiful shape, it adds something to the overall visual appeal of the drink and looks so distinctive!
Copper does two things: it quickly makes cold ingredients colder, and bubbly ingredients bubblier. That’s why a copper vessel is a key to a good Moscow Mule, especially for a summertime drink.
Copper also enhances the flavor of some ingredients, enhancing the crisp, citrus and sour notes of go-to ingredients like ginger, lime, and cucumbers.
WHERE TO BUY THE ITEMS SEEN IN THIS POST
Kamojo Moscow Mule Copper Flutes Set at Amazon
Reed’s Original Ginger Brew at Jet